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2017 Grants and Scholarships

The deadline for 2017 applications is March 1, 2017.

All applicants are required to be WIPS members on the application deadline and must have mailed their application for membership with payment by the September 30 preceding the application deadline. Since WIPS membership runs according to the calendar year and expires on December 31, it will have to be renewed for the year in which the application is made.

WIPS sets aside monies from the proceeds from the annual auctions and the symposia to fund grants and scholarships. Members may apply for a grant or scholarship to help fund their research and education in paleontology.

In 2016, a total of $6535 was awarded for grants and scholarships. The funds available for 2017 will be announced later. The maximum award amount is $1,000 per grant or scholarship. Applications will be evaluated by the WIPS Science Committee, with final approval of all awards made by the Board.

Send your application electronically to Joe Sertich. Do not send your application to the WIPS address. If you have questions regarding the application process or have trouble emailing your grant application, please contact Joe Sertich - Joe.Sertich@dmns.org.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. No applications can be accepted after that time, without exception! Membership in WIPS is required to apply for a grant or scholarship. Previous grant or scholarship recipients who have not fulfilled the reporting requirements will not be considered. Recipients have two years to fulfill the reporting requirements.

All applicants will be notified of the grant and scholarship results and scholarship recipients will be announced at the May 2017 WIPS meeting.

Karl Hirsch Memorial Grants
Call for Applications

WIPS members are invited to apply for the 2017 Karl Hirsch Research Grants. The Hirsch Grants have provided funding to support members' paleontological projects since 1994. The grants honor the memory of Karl Hirsch, a WIPS member who reached the peak of amateur paleontology. His contributions to the study of fossil eggs were recognized and honored by several paleontological organizations, including WIPS, the Paleontological Society and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Grants are given to support paleontological research projects that will enhance some aspect of paleontology, as well as benefit WIPS. Support may include visiting museums in the course of completing the project.

All grant recipients are required to present the results of their research as a presentation at a general WIPS meeting, an article to be published in the WIPS newsletter, Trilobite Tales, or a poster at a WIPS symposium.

To apply for a 2017 Karl Hirsch Research Grant please supply the following information on no more than three pages. If applications exceed three pages, only the first three pages will be evaluated.

  1. Applicant's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  2. Applicant's position (e.g., student or professional).
  3. If a student, state institution, degree program, and year. If a not student, state institution or employer, if any.
  4. Short title of the research project.
  5. Scientific benefits of the project.
  6. Amount of funds requested.
  7. Breakdown of how the requested grant funds will be spent.
  8. Brief description of the project, including what, where, when, objectives anticipated completion data, and where collected specimens will be stored.
  9. Qualifications and/or paleontological experience of the applicant.
  10. Benefits of the project to WIPS membership.
  11. Statement of applicant's acknowledgment of and willingness to fulfill the reporting requirements.
  12. State whether or not a previous WIPS grant or scholarship recipient (which year or years?)
  13. If a previous recipient, state how and when the reporting requirements were met. (Presentation at WIPS meeting, report in Trilobite Tales, poster at WIPS symposium.)

Selection of each grant recipient will be based on scientific merit, originality, how the grant will be used, and benefit to WIPS.

2017 John Jenkins Memorial Scholarships
Call for Application

WIPS members are invited to apply for the 2017 WIPS John Jenkins Scholarship. The scholarships honor the memory of John Jenkins, a former WIPS President whose enthusiasm and leadership helped make WIPS the successful organization it is today.

Scholarships are given to fund tuition and other educational costs in paleontology, geology, or related sciences at any accredited university or college for the purpose of furthering his or her paleontological education. Course work may come from a number of disciplines that can contribute to the applicant's paleontological skill set. Under certain circumstances, to be determined individually, tuition for museum certification courses may be funded.

The Board particularly encourages elementary and secondary teachers who can make use of paleontological training in their classrooms to apply for a scholarship.

All scholarship recipients are required to report on how the funds were used and the results of their studies to the WIPS membership, either by making a short presentation at a regular WIPS meeting or by submitting a short note for publication in the WIPS newsletter, Trilobite Tales.

To apply for a 2017 John Jenkins Scholarship please supply the following information on no more than three pages. If applications exceed three pages, only the first three pages will be evaluated.

  1. Applicant's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  2. Applicant's position (e.g., student or professional).
  3. If a student, state institution, degree program, and year. If not a student, state institution or employer, if any.
  4. Short description of the applicant's history and interest in paleontology.
  5. Amount of funds requested.
  6. Breakdown of how the requested funds will be spent (e.g., tuition, expenses).
  7. Statement of the applicant's overall goals in this course of study.
  8. Statement of applicant's acknowledgment of and willingness to fulfill the reporting requirements.
  9. State whether or not a previous WIPS grant or scholarship recipient (which year or years?)
  10. If a previous recipient, state how and when the reporting requirements were met. (Presentation at WIPS meeting, report in Trilobite Tales, poster at WIPS symposium.)

Selection of each scholarship recipient will be based on the applicant's educational goals, how the applicant will use the scholarship funds, and the paleontological objectives the applicant plans to pursue.